Asian Americans and the Affordable Health Care Act
Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the central piece of legislation of President Obama’s domestic agenda. As its provisions go into effect over the next few years, it will add millions of Americans to the rolls of the insured. But how will the law affect Asian Americans nationwide, particularly those who are low-income or currently lack insurance? Joining us to crunch the numbers will be Doreena Wong, Project Director of the Health Access Project at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC).
Doreena Wong is the Project Director of the Health Access Project at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Legal Center (APALC), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice in Los Angeles, CA. The Project seeks to address the health care needs of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities, to increase access to health care for AANHPIs and to ensure the inclusion of AANHPIs under health care reform in California through outreach, education, and advocacy. She places a special focus on increasing the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services for immigrants and limited-English proficient populations.
Still a Model Minority?
The Pew Research Center’s recent report on Asian Americans described the group as the best-educated, highest-paid, and happiest in the United States. While news outlets reporting its findings repeated tired “model minority” tropes that have been recurring since the 1960s, critics charged that the data obscures the diversity among Asian Americans and reinforces cultural stereotypes about the value of education and hard work. We’ll speak with Julianne Hing, a reporter and blogger for Colorlines.com, about the consequences of the Pew report, the methodology of its researchers, and whether it’s better to have no data at all on a community rather than misleading numbers.
Julianne Hing is a reporter and blogger for Colorines.com covering immigration, education, criminal justice, and occasionally fashion and pop culture.
After SB 1070: Immigration under Obama
Last week the Supreme Court struck down three of the four provisions in Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070. While many see the decision as a victory for both the immigrant rights movement and Obama, others are concerned that the racial profiling provision was upheld noting that the confusion is in part due to similarities between the Arizona law and current federal immigration policy. Tonight, Colorlines.com reporter, Seth Freed Wessler joins us in the studio to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court ruling and what it will mean for future efforts for immigration reform.
Seth Freed Wessler is an investigative reporter and researcher who works at Colorlines.com and the Applied Research Center. He is a recipient of the Hillman Award for Journalism.
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